Add these Fall Fruits and Vegetables to Your Meals
The hard work of the spring planting season and the summer growing seasons all come together in the Fall harvest season!
Fall yields a huge amount of amazing and fresh fruits and veggies. I am all about using as much fresh produce as I can for our family meals.
Whether you enjoy eating meat or are vegetarian, there is plenty of room on your plate for Fall's produce. The following fruits and vegetables are in-season and readily available during the fall, offering you the opportunity to make seasonal dishes while also saving money by getting produce that is currently in season.
Buying in-season produce is the cheapest way to buy fresh fruits and veggies because the supply is greater at in-season times.
There are so many fruits in season during the Fall!
Here are some fruits to try adding to your meals and snacks during the fall:
Apples are the ultimate Fall fruit! They are juicier and sweeter during the fall since this is when the harvesting is done. You can find both green and red apples that are really delicious. I love crisp, fresh apples! My family especially enjoys eating Ambrosia, Pink Lady, Gala and Honey Crisp varieties.
Amazing ways to enjoy apples this Fall include:
- Have apple slices with peanut butter or almond butter as a snack,
- Add your apples to your morning juice or smoothie
- Try a delectable and healthy dessert with apple slices, caramel drizzle, and some dark chocolate chips on top.
- Add apples to any salad.
When you want berries in the fall, it doesn’t get much better than cranberries. They have so many health benefits! The nutrients in cranberries have been linked to a lower risk of urinary tract infections, prevention of certain types of cancer, improved immune function, and decreased blood pressure.
Try cranberries in juice, on top of your yogurt, frozen yogurt or ice cream, or added to your favorite Fall salad (my favorite!0.
You can even make a mashed cranberry sauce with no added ingredients and top your biscuits or toast with it. Then, of course, there is cranberry sauce that is traditional on Thanksgiving menus.
Figs are small fruits that often look like veggies, but have a sweet flavor and seeds inside. Try a pear and fig salad with feta cheese and spinach, and you won’t be sorry.
Another excellent fruit you can find during the Fall season are pears. Pears have a sweet yet slightly tangy flavor that make them ideal to eat alone or with some of your favorite dishes. My kids especially love pears, and there really is nothing more delightful than a fresh, ripe pear.
You can grill your pears when having a Fall barbecue, add them to salad, or have them alone for a low-fat snack.
My grandmother used to make a “pear salad”: take a pear half, top it with shredded cheddar cheese, cherries and nuts. Yum!
Pumpkin and Squash
Some of the more popular vegetables to enjoy during the fall season are pumpkin and butternut squash. Other squashes are also in season, such as spaghetti squash, yellow squash, and zucchini. Our family is especially fond of spaghetti squash, and we make some every time we make spaghetti to replace some of the noodles.
Both of pumpkin and squash have a creamy texture that makes it easy to puree them and use them for a variety of different dishes. They are so versatile!
You can cube the roasted vegetables to add to salads and other meals, or make pasta out of them by using a spiralizer. Further, steam pumpkin and butternut squash and use them in your pasta dishes.
Other Popular Veggies
In addition to the various squashes available in the Fall, there are some others that are in season during the Fall and tend to be favorites for many people. Kids also enjoy many of these veggies which is always a big bonus!
Fall veggies that are in season include:
- Brussels sprouts
- Green beans
Take advantage of the abundant harvest season to enjoy a large variety of fresh healthy harvest foods now. Try to mix it up by using different types of fruits and vegetables in main dishes, side dishes, and desserts!